Grieving parents pay tribute to 'fighter Tyler'
GRIEVING parents from Fraddon who lost their son just 32 hours after he was born said he "fought right until the end".
Tyler Adam Tippett Seals was born seven weeks prematurely on August 18 at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, following an emergency Caesarean section.
Due to an undetected infection during early pregnancy, Tyler was born with multiple medical problems which meant his organs were misarranged or missing.
His proud mum, Leanne Tippett, said her "little fighter" defied all odds for 32 hours and even made it through an emergency operation to help him breathe, which doctors described as a "miracle". But he died at 4.15pm on August 19.
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Leanne, 23, said: "It was my birthday on August 19 and Dean, my fiancé, came to see me.
"We were told we better go to see Tyler as they were doing CPR on him. The doctors said they had been doing CPR for an hour and a half and they were going to give up as there was no response.
"But when we walked in, his readings went up and he fought back.
"He then had an operation to help him breathe and they found that he had no windpipe. He did not have a small or large intestine and they said that it was a miracle he had survived the operation.
"He fought on after the operation but the doctors came to us later and said there was nothing more they could do. We knew then.
"He was taken off all the machines and was breathing on his own until he couldn't breathe any longer."
Following Tyler's birth, Leanne also had several tests which revealed she had developed an infection during pregnancy known as slapped cheek syndrome.
The symptoms are the same as teething and, if caught when pregnant, it can cause abnormalities and deformities to an unborn child.
Leanne said she wanted to raise awareness of the condition. "I have never heard of it until now," she said. "If I had known back then it could have gone down a different path, possibly."
A donation page was set up by family members to raise money for a headstone for Tyler so that his mum, dad and big sister, two-year-old Charley, are able to visit him.
The donations have exceeded all expectations and now Leanne says the extra money will be donated to Derriford as a thank you for its support.
Leanne said: "They were amazing there. Even after Tyler passed away they still made sure they did everything possible to help us.
"People keep saying we're strong but we have a two-year-old and we have to be strong for her.
"She has named a star after Tyler and every night she looks up to the stars and blows a kiss to him.
"He battled on for 32 hours and we know if he had the right body parts to breathe there is no doubt he would still be here now. He fought all the way through."
Tyler's funeral will be held on September 2 at Newquay's Fairpark Cemetery, at 10am. It is an open chapel for all who wish to attend.
To donate to Leanne and Dean's cause, visit www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/tyler-adams-memorial-/81754